My Last Spring Break

Daniel Donchev Free Time, Spring Break Leave a Comment

This Spring Break was a much needed break from an action-packed set of weeks preceding it. The week right before Spring Recess was filled with activities, both social and academic. It consisted of two big midterms, both worth over 25% of my overall grade. In addition, I also had an individual assignment due for my Master’s class “Competitive Advantage Through …

A Week to Reset (and Surf)

Miles Kay Beach, Best of LA, Free Time, Hikes, Involvement, Miles, Service, Sports, Uncategorized Leave a Comment

It’s crazy to think that we’re already more than halfway through the semester! The last two months have flown by and been incredibly memorable, I can definitely say I beat the so-called “sophomore slump.” Myth busted! The semester has been so fast-paced that I’ve barely had time to relax, and though I enjoy everything I’m involved in, really like my …

Final Push before Spring Break

Audrey Roberts Audrey, Campus Events, Free Time Leave a Comment

The past two weeks before spring break have been filled with midterms, problem sets, quizzes, research and a lot of exciting things outside of school! Last week, I went to Six Flags Magic Mountain with all the other Viterbi Student Ambassadors. I have never liked rollercoasters, so Six Flags isn’t typically part of my weekend plans. The VSA trip to …

Coffee Time

Jacob Toney Chemical, Design Teams, Free Time, Involvement, Jacob, Major, Professional & Academic, Students, Study, Viterbi Class, Viterbi Life, Viterbi Orgs Leave a Comment

Happy March everyone! Just a few more weeks until Spring – or, more importantly, Spring Break. Hope you’re all doing well and staying warm, and have had a great semester so far. It seems for most people, it’s the middle of midterm season right now. I somehow ended up having almost all of my exams be over the course of …

Slow Times at Slo

Shuntaro Nishi Chemical, Free Time, Hikes, Shuntaro, Viterbi Plus Leave a Comment

My friends from high school went to different schools which makes visiting them such a fun experience. My junior year I was able to visit my friend Alex in Boston and I have had countless trips up to SLO to visit these friends! Every school and city offers such an interesting experience from eating at local restaurants or adventuring out …

Long Weekends in College: My Social Life as an Engineering Student

Rachel Glait Aerospace and Mechanical, Best of LA, Design Teams, Food, Free Time, Rachel, Viterbi Life Leave a Comment

As an engineering student in the midst of midterm season, you’d think I’m spending every night in the library. But over the three day weekend I had the opportunity to get out a lot (in between studying of course). I’m a member of the structural avionics team for USC’s Rocket Propulsion Lab. I started the weekend working with my team …

Food & (some) Fitness: Bagel Bombs, Bread, and Boxing

Audrey Roberts Audrey, Best of LA, Food, Free Time Leave a Comment

Many USC students take Presidents’ Day weekend as an opportunity to visit home or travel elsewhere. While I was tempted to book a ticket back home to Colorado to ski this weekend, two midterms and an essay due this coming week made going home a less realistic option for me. Instead, I stuck around the LA area, but (as usual) …

My Completed LA Bucket list (so far!)

Loic Alini Beach, Best of LA, Food, Free Time, Hikes, Loic, Music, Viterbi Life Leave a Comment

I’ve been in Los Angeles for nearly a year and a half now, and I’ve been lucky enough to have experienced many different places and events around here. Here is a list of my favorite things to do in LA (so far)! Fun Events: Los Angeles is the international capital of entertainment, and this is reflected in the sheer number …

My Life As An SI Leader

Miles Kay Involvement, Miles, Professional & Academic, Study, Viterbi Class, Work Leave a Comment

In college, classes can be extremely challenging. I’ll be the first to admit that I rarely have a complete grasp on concepts after the first time I learn them — I need to be exposed to them several times and have plenty of opportunities to ask questions before I fully get something. Thankfully, one resource that I’ve been able to …

Choosing a Direction: Making Major Decisions for Your College Life

Rachel Glait Aerospace and Mechanical, Design Teams, Free Time, Internship, Professional & Academic, Rachel, Social & Diversity, Viterbi Orgs, Viterbi Plus Leave a Comment

Getting admitted to college can be both exciting and terrifying. Having to commit to a school, city, major, or activity can be super overwhelming. I remember feeling an extreme pressure to specify in February of my senior year, and even more so after coming to campus and trying to find my niche. With the wisdom I have obtained over the …

Cherishing my Time with Others

Daniel Donchev Best of LA, Food, Free Time, Sports Leave a Comment

I’m trying to make the most out of my remaining time as an undergrad student here at SC’. While I am emphasizing my school work and striving to get enough sleep, I’m also seeking to actively cherish and nurture the relationships I have had the privilege of forming and maintaining over my four years here. I’ve been attempting to put …

College and Imposter Syndrome

Loic Alini Internship, Loic, Professional & Academic, Uncategorized, Viterbi Class, Viterbi Life Leave a Comment

So get this, it’s around the time in the semester where things are picking up and you start falling behind in your classes. You’re sleeping less and less, you have more problem sets and quizzes to study for, and your GE teacher starts assigning essay’s left and right. All your friends around you seem to be having fun and hanging …

GE Philosophy: Thinking about Thinking

Jacob Toney Best of LA, Chemical, Free Time, Jacob, Major, Music, Sports, Study, Viterbi Life, Viterbi Plus, Why USC Leave a Comment

Howdy everyone, Well it’s February now, and the semester is plugging along. So far it’s been raining way more than we’re used to out here, but it’s not too bad. Some people aren’t a fan and miss the sunshine, but I think it’s a nice change of pace – it keeps us locals on our toes! Aside from staying dry, …

New Semester, New Study Spaces

Audrey Roberts Aerospace and Mechanical, Major, Study, Viterbi Class, Viterbi Life Leave a Comment

By the end of the last finals week, I found that I had spent a little ~too~ much time in RTH (Ronald Tutor Hall, the hub of Viterbi). I had everything from class to lab work to meetings in this building, and I frequented RTH Café as my study space. While there are many redeeming qualities of RTH, I decided …

Troy Camp: Tutoring, Friendship, and Much More

Shuntaro Nishi Best of LA, Campus Events, Chemical, Free Time, Involvement, Shuntaro, Trojan Spirit, Uncategorized, Viterbi Life, Viterbi Plus, Why USC Leave a Comment

You might be wondering what Troy Camp is! It is quite possibly the greatest organization in the history of the world! Imagine this, a busy week of engineering classes and extra curricular activities. What would take away all the stress? Acting like a kid and making an impact. Through this organization you will have hours in the week to hang …

Putting the A.I. in Hawaii!

Natalie Monger Beach, Computer Science, Natalie, Professional & Academic, Research, Viterbi Plus Leave a Comment

Aloha! This past weekend was one of the best weekends I’ve had in my four years of college. I attended the 2019 Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence Conference in Honolulu, Hawaii. I attended this conference last year in New Orleans, which was super fun. I had no expectations that this weekend would top that one, but it totally …

Saving the Best for Last!

Rhea Choudhury Best of LA, Free Time, Hikes, Music, Rhea, Students, Uncategorized Leave a Comment

Hey hey! IT’S MY LAST! SEMESTER! AT! USC! It still feels so strange saying that out loud, time has honestly flown by. I’m trying to balance my time between finishing up my coursework, transitioning organization leadership positions, hanging out with friends, and some necessary self-care/self improvement. I wanted to write a quick post about the things I’m looking forward to …